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Pemberley Press, March2004, 23.95, 266 pp.
ISBN 070272766

In New York City in 1888, there are many newspapers competing for the largest audience and very few female reporters working as journalists. Widow Diane Spaulding is one of the select few. She needs her job on the independent Intelligence, so says nothing when assigned to dig up a scandal on horror writer Damon Bathory who is on a tour giving readings from his latest book. When they meet for the very first time, both acknowledge an attraction neither wants but cannot deny
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Diana, reeling from the betrayals of her late husband, is determined to keep their relationship on a business level especially when his boss tells her that in three cities that he gave readings, critics who panned him were murdered. With the help of her husband's former acting troupe, Todd's Touring Thespians, Diana is able to follow him up to Maine where he lives and see what secrets he is keeping from her. That decision puts her life in danger and the only one who can save her is the man she loves but does not trust.

Diana Spaulding is a descendant of Susanna Appleton, star of Kathy Lynn Emerson's Elizabethan series; and she has many of the Face Down protagonist's traits like stubbornness, independence and the determination to get the job done no matter what the price. DEADLIER THAN THE PEN is the first installment in what looks to be another great historical mystery series. Ms. Emerson's sense of place and the complexity of her characters make this novel standout in the crowded bookshelves.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Murder of certain profession?    -   writers/editors Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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